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The Balanced Body Center Arthritis Program


Introduction to Arthritis

Arthritis is a term that means joint inflammation ñ is the leading cause of physical
disability in the United States, affecting one in every six Americans. While the medical
cost annually is estimated to be $51 billion, by far the greatest cost is in the pain and
suffering which greatly diminishes the quality of life of millions of Americans. Since there
are many treatments for arthritis available today, trying to determine the best course of
action may be difficult to pinpoint. Arthritis can be divided into two categories;
Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the more common form of
arthritis and is usually due to environmental and factors such as lifestyle, nutrition and
trauma. Inflammatory arthritis which is considered to be a blood disease includes such
disorders as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. While most people use medication to
control these disorders, natural therapies can offer significant relief and long term
management of these conditions without the side effects of arthritic medications.


The Myth of Age and Arthritis


It is common to blame arthritis on age. There is no doubt that arthritis levels increase
with age; however, age is rarely the only cause of arthritis.
Consider this:
* If both knees are the same age, why is the arthritis greater in one than the other?
* If arthritis is caused by age, why do my joints hurt some days and not others?
* How come some 80 year old seniors have less arthritis than friends that are 10
years younger?
The reality is that arthritis is caused by lifestyle factors such as toxicity, food intolerance,
nutritional imbalances, poor diet, fatty acid imbalances, amino acid deficiencies,
accumulated weakness, structural imbalance and unresolved trauma. These factors, if
unresolved, accumulate over the years and contribute to the development of arthritis.
While arthritis cannot be reversed, the possibility of reducing the pain and inflammation
from arthritis and slowing the progression is a reality through advances in natural
medicine.


Concerns about the Traditional Medical Approach to Arthritis


1. NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
It has been repeated in multiple cardiology journals that long term use (>3
years) of NSAIDs will cause a 50% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and
death.

2. Corticosteroids (Prednisone & Cortisol)
There are multiple concerns regarding the use of corticosteroids including
weakened immunity, corticosteroid induced osteoporosis, damage to the
joints, disruption to hormonal balance and weakened immunity.

3. Surgery
While sometimes surgery is the only option, there are always risk factors
involved with this approach. Additionally, surgery frequently fails to restore
normal function.



Causes of Arthritis


1. Alignment
The continual downward force of gravity tends to misalign the spine over the
years. Once misalignment occurs, the distribution of body weight can
gradually cause pain and increased arthritis to the joints under increased
strain. This is similar to driving down the road with your wheels out of
alignment. When the wheels are out of alignment the tires will wear
improperly and will have a shorter life span. Spinal imbalance will have a
similar effect and can cause accelerated arthritic changes to the spine, hips
and knees. Studies have demonstrated that loss of the normal lordotic curves
of the spine and spinal curvature are a primary cause of degenerative joint
disease in the spine.
2. Toxicity and Arthritic pain
As pollution levels rise, the levels of toxic metals present in the body also
rise. Recent studies support that increased levels of mercury, aluminum, lead
and cadmium can cause higher levels of inflammation in the joints, causing
increased pain and accelerated arthritis. Advanced Heavy Metal tests are
now available to detect these metals. Once metal toxicity is determined,
natural products can be utilized to reduce these levels in the blood stream
and restore better health.
3. Food Intolerance
The relationship between diet and arthritis is and has been the source of inñ
depth studies for many years. Recent studies demonstrate that food
sensitivities are increasing at epidemic rates. In many forms of arthritis, a
patient's immune system attacks their own tissues causing pain and
destruction. This is a malfunction of the immune system (i.e. autoimmune
disease). Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus are type 3 autoimmune reactions
(search Gell-Coombs Classifications of Autoimmune disorders on the internet
for more information). Since these immune pathways can be delayed 2 to 4
days after exposure to a food they are difficult to identify by observation. Our
office uses specialized blood tests to identify the dietary sources that trigger
these autoimmune reactions and thus provide a natural alternative to correct
autoimmune diseases that may contribute to arthritis. There are very few labs
in the country that can perform this test accurately. (Search for Food Allergies
on our website www.knowbalance.com for more information or call our office
for a DVD).
4. Diet and Nutritional Imbalance
Poor diet can lead to acidity, poor gastrointestinal (GI) absorption, nutritional
deficiency and increased inflammation. Understanding and diagnosing each
patientís condition is essential to identify the correct diet to improve arthritic
conditions. Our office utilizes a variety of tests to customize each patientís
diet. These tests may include gluten testing, casein and whey testing,
alkaline/ acid testing, and systemic yeast testing.



Natural Arthritis Therapies


1) Structural Care
Our office offers postural rehabilitation through the use of specific chiropractic
adjustments and customized physical therapy. Treatments are completely
painless, and we can usually demonstrate significant changes on post xñrays.
(Search for NUCCA, Pettibon and physical therapy on our website
www.knowbalance.com).
2) Low Level Laser Therapy
Advances in the use of medical lasers have created an alternative to pain
management for arthritic joints. Through the utilization of light, therapeutic lasers
can help reduce pain and inflammation and help generate healthy tissue. Many
patients with chronic joint pain experience significant relief after a series of
treatments.
3) Targeted Nutritional Therapy, Diet Modification, and Detoxification
There are many new and exciting natural products on the market that can reduce
the symptoms of arthritic pain. Unfortunately, many people utilize these products
without any diagnostic criteria in hope of symptomatic relief. Our office offers
blood chemistries with orthomolecular evaluation, amino acid testing, fatty acid
testing, food sensitivities testing, alkaline acid testing, systemic yeast testing,
heavy metal toxicity testing, and much more. Through the use of these diagnostic
tests, we can develop a nutritional program that is customized to a patient's
needs and conditions.
4) Environmental Toxicity Testing
While the health concerns of our environmental changes are not fully understood,
it is evident that there are many everyday chemicals that are harmful to our
health. Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through
products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products,
and environmental pollution. As we have become more exposed to chemical-
laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been
confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart
disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum
disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune disorders, Parkinsonís disease, and
Alzheimerís disease.

The Balanced Body Center offers the GPL-TOX test to evaluate for the presence
of 172 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides,
phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide,
perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more. This
profile also includes Tiglylglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders
resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA. These mutations can be caused
by exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional
deficiencies.
5) Physical Therapy
Many patients with arthritis have chronic muscular imbalances and functional
movement disorders. Our chiropractors and physical therapists work together to
develop customized programs to aid in the correction of these imbalances.
6) Massage Therapy
Arthritis responds well to massage. Pain is relieved, as the muscles surrounding the
joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for better range of motion and mobility.
Some of the benefits that can be achieved by using massage therapy are:
Decreased pain and increased mobility
Increased blood flow to areas of arthritis, bringing oxygen to help healing
Flushing out of toxic inflammatory substances that add to pain and swelling
Increased relaxation, decreased stress, and a sense of well-being


Getting Started


If you are interested in natural approaches to treating arthritis, The Balanced Body
Center is one of the leading centers in chiropractic and healthcare. Our program
includes a complete review of each individualís condition. The appropriate tests are
recommended and evaluated, and the cause of the condition is treated naturally.
Some tests/therapies that may be ordered:
* Delayed Food Sensitivity test
* Organic Acid test
* Systemic Yeast test
* Heavy Metal test
* Environmental Toxicity Testing
* Amino Acid test
* Bone Density test
* Gastrointestinal Absorption/Leaky Gut
* Neurotransmitter test
* Male/Female hormone and Adrenal evaluation
* Specific chiropractic treatments
* Postural rehabilitation
* Physical therapy
* Massage therapy
* Decompression therapy
* Low Level Laser therapy
* Blood Chemistry studies with Orthomolecular evaluation and Targeted Nutrition